Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Will these jailbirds sing?

Drew Peterson has been charged with attempting to arrange the murder of James Glasgow

Drew Peterson has been charged with attempting to arrange the murder of James Glasgow

Drew Peterson’s latest murder trial is slated to begin in less than a month, and the clock is ticking down on deciding who will testify at trial and what kind of evidence will be allowed.

On April 22, Peterson and attorneys for both sides were back in court to argue three motions.

The first motion seeks to limit the impeachment of a former cellmate of Drew Peterson’s, referred to as “Individual A” in court documents, and earlier identified as a man named Antonio Smith, who is rumored to have been released from prison and now living under an assumed identity.

Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward asked to have Smith’s testimony barred, as well as that of four other inmates, Albert Chavez, Jesus Padilla, Glenn Barrett and Shelly McGree, because Peterson’s attorney, Lucas Liefer, had yet to provide the prosecution with copies of the conversation between Peterson and the other men. “We’re trying this case in the dark because we don’t know what Individual A is going to testify at trial” he stated.


Elward asked where the reports and summaries of these conversations are and Liefer countered that he had a ton of discovery dumped on him at the beginning of April and was overwhelmed, complaining that he had yet to be paid for his representation of Peterson.


Brown gave Liefer until April 26, to come up with summaries of the conversations, but Elward stated that the prosecution wants not only that but also what these witnesses told investigators.


Two of the men are still incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center which houses Peterson, while the other two are now housed at Lawrence Correctional Center.


The second motion was in regards to the recordings of conversations between Peterson and other inmates in which he allegedly tried to solicit the murder of Illinois State’s attorney James Glasgow.

Liefer argued that some portions of the recordings are inaudible which makes them untrustworthy on the whole, while Elward pointed out that Liefer has had the recordings for over a year and that 96% of the recordings are fine.

Brown agreed to take a look at the transcripts and then decide.

S.A. James Glasgow does not want to appear as witness at Drew Peterson hearing

S.A. James Glasgow

The last motion involved a clarification on an earlier decision regarding allowing James Glasgow to be used as a witness during the prosecution’s opening statements of the trial.

Elward argued that Glasgow will provide background to the jury on the history between Drew Peterson and himself. “He talks about Savio, he talks about Stacy, he talks about his son losing his job, which he blames Glasgow for” Elward said.

Brown agreed to allow the State’s Attorney to speak, but instructed the prosecution to provide Peterson’s defense with a summary of what he intends to say.

A final pre-trial conference is set for May 13.


Randolph County Herald Tribune
Illinois Department of Corrections

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9 thoughts on “Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Will these jailbirds sing?

  1. Case Updates:

    Subpoena issued. (James Glasgow)
    Subpoena issued. (Kevin McCarthy)
    Subpoena issued. (Brian Clark)
    Subpoena issued. (Ron Bratcher)
    Subpoena issued. (Major Dunn)
    Subpoena issued. (Kim Butler)
    Subpoena issued. (Kevin Reichert)
    Subpoena issued. (C/O Dillingham, *MCC)
    Subpoena issued. (Kevin Verble)
    Subpoena issued. (Barb Marcinkowski)
    Subpoena issued. (C/O Anthony, MCC)
    Subpoena issued. (C/O Spiller, MCC)
    Subpoena issued. (Karen Moser)

    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file. Order on file.

    *(metropolitan correctional center)

  2. May 7, update:

    Judge Brown denied Peterson’s motion to bar the audio recordings of his jailhouse conversations.

    “The Court has reviewed the transcripts of the sound recordings and finds that, as a whole, the recordings to not contain so many inaudible portions that this evidence would be considered untrustworthy and unreliable,” Brown wrote in his one-page ruling. “Overall, the recordings convey clear meaning of the conversations recorded.”

  3. Motion to Compel:

    If one party refuses to produce documents, answer an interrogatory question or answer questions asked at a deposition, the party who asked for it can file a motion to compel. This motion asks the court to order the other party to produce the thing that is being requested or answer the question that is being asked.

  4. 05/13/2016 Defendant present with Attorney Lucas Liefer; Defendant’s motion to compel is granted in so far as State’s Attorney try to obtain that information from the Penal Institution; continued to 5-19-16, 10am. Order on file. Subpoena issued. (Chris Burke)

  5. Drew Peterson set to return to court for murder-for-hire trial:…

    Shortly before Will County Judge Edward Burmila sentenced him in 2013, Peterson singled out Glasgow in a rambling 40-minute speech in which he bitterly complained that prosecutors had conspired to railroad him.

    Peterson’s attorney in murder case appeal, Steven Greenberg, said he expects to file briefs by mid-June and does not expect the court will rule on the matter before the end of the year. He does not believe the solicitation trial will have any effect on the high court’s decision.

    “The discovery in that case is sealed, but from what I’ve seen in the (news) papers, that case is as much a hot mess as ours,” said Greenberg. “If he loses, I expect that case will probably end up in the Supreme Court.”

    The solicitation-for-murder trial is expected to last about a week, according to a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, which is assisting the Randolph County state’s attorney’s office with the prosecution. If convicted, Peterson could face 60 years in prison in addition to his sentence for Savio’s murder.


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